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Professional Mixing in Cubase 8

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Cubase 8 Hints: Cubase provides a complete mixing environment that not only equips you to produce stunning mixes in stereo or surround, but allows you to tailor your mixing workflow to suit your own personal artistic and creative vision. MixConsole is dedicated to professionals working regularly with the mixer.

Cubase's MixConsole excels not only in terms of usability, look and feel, but also sounds better than anything before it — it’s in the mix! Here are some of the features that let you cut down on mixing time and zero in on getting creative.

There is a 32-bit floating-point mixing engine with 128 physical inputs and outputs, 8 inserts per channel, 64 FX sends, 256 groups/busses and unlimited routing between audio channels, busses, groups and FX Entirely scalable and dedicated full-screen mode. Take advantage of the View Sets and Channel Zones for utmost flexibility VCA faders for complex mixing and automation workflows of Control Link groups and Quick Link system for channel parameters. Customizable the track icons and track notepad and use the Drag-and-drop support throughout the mixer.

There is Direct routing with one click, Dynamic inserts and sends provide streamlined overview A/B comparison and global bypass of all audio effects. When using the Wave Meters: upcoming audio events are displayed with the respective waveforms. There are vitually hundreds of Plug-in & channel search functions, a Full Control Room integration, including talkback and four different cue mixes.

Optimized for mouse-free operation: virtually all channel elements are accessible by blind reader software & through the computer keyboard.

Ever wanted to compare different mixes with just one mouse click? The MixConsole History tracks all changes made in the MixConsole and easily lets you choose several stages of your mixing process just by selecting them from a list. This means you’ll be getting your basic mixer undo/redo, but it also allows you to experiment freely with which mix suits your project best.

CLOSING THOUGHTS ABOUT CUBASE

I personally like to use Cubase for all of my recording products. It's easy to use and navigation has been simplified by the Steinberg programmers. Pull down menus are to the point, and it's loaded with tons of SST plugins. During the 1990's Pro Tools and Mac computers were the only real option for professional audio. Big studios have invested tens of thousands of dollars or more in Pro Tools rigs. Many of these studios have way too much money invested in it to even consider anything else.

Pro Tools has become a name like "Kleenex". When many people think of DAW, the name Pro Tools is automatically embedded in their thought. But, as I understand it, the real magic of Pro Tools is the hardware, particularly in the upper price range equipment. Steinberg vs. Home Consumer level Pro Tools.... I'd take Steinberg any day. Steve Brown Rhema Word Productions

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